Helsinki, Finland: Suomenlinna Island and Fortress

published 10 years ago by Rick Steves

Helsinki's most important sight is Suomenlinna, an island guarding Helsinki's harbor that served as a strategic fortress for three countries: Sweden, Russia, and then Finland. It's now a popular park, most appreciated by locals for its scenic strolls. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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